Living and Thriving Gluten Free

Healthy & Gluten Free

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If you are a vegan eater, you probably already know how to avoid animal products.

When you want to also apply the concept of eating Real to your diet, there are a few new things to learn.

All packaged food, whether it's carnivorous, gluten free, paleo, vegan or any other kind of special diet food, have been adulterated with unnatural ingredients. It is vital to read the ingredients on the packages. Or better yet, avoid eating packaged food, and make your own food.

When you make your own food, you're able to control what you cook with, the freshness of the ingredients, and ultimately how healthy you are.

Since veganism is all about vegetables and fruits, vegans have a great opportunity to much more easily add fresh, raw food to their diets. Raw food it full of so many life sustaining substances that make us strong and healthy. A good guide is to have the following as a bare minimum during a day:

  • 6 servings vegetables - 4 of them raw
  • 3 servings fruit - 2 of them raw

Keep the vegetable intake higher than the fruit intake, with a ratio of 2 to 1 (or higher).

Just like a non vegetarian, you need to pay attention to what you prepare your food with.

Most of the grains that are marketed to vegetarians and vegans have been adulterated. Our modern corn and wheat have been hybridized to such an extent that it no longer resembles what would have existed even a hundred years ago. When you go back even further in history, you find that the strains have been cultivated for at least a couple thousand years to increase yield, increase calories, and increase ease of growing. But they have not been cultivated to be more healthy, or more nutrient dense. They've been cultivated to make more money for the growers, and for the chemical producers.

Because of that, most grains can no longer be considered suitable for a healthy diet. Most grains convert directly to sugar during digestion. This sugar then converts to fat cells. Then those fat cells are used by the body for energy. This is an inefficient process and causes a host of digestive problems, and is one of the biggest culprits in the current epidemic of obesity, along with added sugars.

The modern food guides, published by various governments around the world, have pushed grains as their recommended number one food item to eat. But when you look at their actual funding structure in the US, for example, they are created to promote the products of the grain growers. They are not funded by the meat growers, nor are they funded by the vegetable growers, nor the fruit growers. Thus, the large focus on grains.

Roasted butternut salad
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If you as a vegan have been relying on grains as a big part of your diet, you need to work on lowering or eliminating grains from your diet. There are lots of alternatives that you can add to your diet, that will provide more and better nutrition. Simply add more of the living food you know belongs on a vegan plate.

Many vegans have added soy as an alternative protein. However, soy is really a very bad food choice. It has been shown that 25% of people are actually allergic to organic soy; the rate is even higher in non organic, as most soy is now genetically modified (GM or GMO).

Soy has been touted as a complete protein, and contains all 12 protein types. What many people don't know, is that is also contains a 13th protein, which is one of the causes of much of the problems with soy. This 13th protein cannot be properly digested by humans. No matter who you are, whether or not you have physical symptoms or not, you cannot properly deal with this protein. This will eventually cause you problems.

Soy also is an estrogen mimicker. What this means is that it will seriously mess with your hormone levels. It is not the exact same as human estrogen, so it doesn't even properly behave as human estrogen would. This estrogen mimicking causes major imbalances in your hormones. For men, adding estrogen is disastrous. Men should not be adding any estrogen into their bodies, as it causes serious health problems, from baldness, to the creation of breast tissue, erectile dysfunction, sterility, etc.

As a vegan, you can work on increasing your protein sources from a wide variety of other foods. To get all 12 proteins, you will need a variety of foods to do that. But, just because you need to use a variety of sources does not mean it's bad. It may have been convenient to get all your protein in one food (whether soy, or meat) but convenience should not be the only criteria in deciding what to eat. With practice, it really will be just as easy to "mix it up."

Let us know some of the ways you have worked towards making your vegan diet more real, and tell us what you ate!

Thora Toft

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